Turtles All the Way Down

Cori’s Pick: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green I LOVED The Fault In Our Stars.  And when I say loved, I mean it moved me to tears.  I loved it so much I refused to watch the movie because I knew there was no way I could love the movie nearly as much…

Little Fires Everywhere

Cori’s Pick: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere weaves an intricate story of two very different families while exploring the complexities of motherhood, adoption, surrogacy, privilege, and class. The Richardsons live a life that thrives on routine.  Where everything from their neighborhood to their daily schedules are meticulously planned.  So when Mia…

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

Cori’s Pick: Mrs Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer Quirky, humorous and heartfelt, Julie Lawson Timmer’s newest book had me at ‘Defectives’. After a very public (and humiliating) divorce, Markie and her teenage son Jesse run for the hills, leaving behind everyone they knew from their private school and country club past.  Looking…

Castle of Water

Cori’s Pick: Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge Castle of Water is Dane Huckelbridge’s debut novel.  Originally published in April 2017, somehow this unassuming little book didn’t cross my radar until August, and I was immediately intrigued. If I had to categorize this book, it would be adventure meets drama, meets romance, meets comedy…perhaps this…

Do Not Become Alarmed

Cori’s Pick: Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy   Accustomed to a life of luxury, best friends Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and young children on a holiday cruise and look forward to all that their Central American destination has to offer.  One afternoon, the friends and their kids leave the…

Murder on the Orient Express

Cori’s Pick: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie I have a confession.  This is the first Agatha Christie book I have ever read…in  my life.  She is the best-selling novelist in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.  She is the ‘Queen of Crime’.  Needless to say, this was a long-overdue read. …

Make Your Bed

Cori’s Pick: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven In May 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven gave the commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.  In that speech, he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy SEAL training.  In this quick, 125 page book McRaven shares with…

Maybe in Another Life

Cori’s Pick: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid If you’re looking for a good pool or beach read this summer – this recommendation is for you! At age twenty-nine, Hannah has moved six times and had countless jobs. Still trying to figure out what she’s…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Cori’s Pick: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Summer read alert!  If you are like me and choose to read lakeside (or beachside, or poolside, etc.) this is the perfect book to tote along.  It seems author Taylor Jenkins Reid has become a reliable ‘summer read’ source for me.  If you…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Cori’s Pick: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Yes!  Another debut novel and another author to add to my growing list of ‘what’s next?!’. Gail Honeyman released this debut novel in May and I just happened to grab it before a weekend beach trip.  Turns out, it was the perfect vacation read! Stuff…

Heaven is Here

 Cori’s Pick:Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson This is a 2013 memoir that I just happen to notice on the shelf at the library and I am so glad I picked it up!  It’s the story of Stephanie Nielson (who is also a successful blogger) and the fiery and horrific accident that she and her…

The Martian

Cori’s Pick: The Martian by Andy Weir To clarify, I am not a sci-fi reader. However, when I first saw previews for this 2015 film, I was intrigued and immediately found the book at our library. The chapters are short and at times very technical – but since I have no idea what nutrients and…